KEEN Targhee High Lace Waterproof Boot notable features

-This over-the-ankle winter boot from KEEN features waterproof, salt-resistant leather uppers. The KEEN.Dry membrane provides ample protection from rain, snow, and water.

-It’s made with dual-density, compression-molded EVA midsoles that supply sufficient cushioning while being lightweight.

-The non-marking KEEN.Freeze rubber outsoles offer cold-weather traction.

Size and fit

Featuring leather uppers, these high-cut winter boots from Keen easily conform to your feet after some breaking in. The lace-up closure lets you achieve a secure fit while the speed hooks allow for easy lace adjustment.

Outsole

KEEN.Freeze outsoles are specifically designed for cold weather conditions. These are made of soft, sticky yet highly durable non-marking rubber for optimal grip in snow-covered grounds and terrains. Non-marking outsoles are those built from special rubber materials that don’t leave a trace nor scuff on the floor. This makes KEEN Targhee ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.

Furthermore, its outsole features 4mm lugs which are deep enough to provide you with a good amount of traction on uneven grounds. They are widely spaced so no mud or debris gets stuck in your soles for too long.

Midsole

This hiker from the KEEN Targhee collection is among the premium winter boots that are made with dual-density EVA midsoles. These are built by combining blocks of EVA material of a first-density with that of a second-density. The result is a more flexible, durable midsole that has better shock absorption, energy return, and support. 

The shoe midsole is crafted through a process called compression where a block of EVA foam is inserted into a foot mold and shaped perfectly.

For added cushioning, a removable dual-density footbed which is also made of EVA is inserted into the boot.

Upper

This winter boot features a leather upper that provides better protection from elements, including rocks, sharp edges, dirt, water, and moisture. Nevertheless, it comes with mesh lining for some breathability.

For its waterproof construction, the boot makes use of the KEEN.Dry technology which keeps the water out without making your feet feel toasty.

Furthermore, the boot is treated with Cleansport NXT. This KEEN technology is composed of carefully selected, naturally-occurring beneficial microbes bonded to the shoe fabrics that work as natural odor control.

To keep your feet warm as you explore cold environments, lightweight insulation is incorporated into the shoe. Known as KEEN.Warm, this exclusive insulation can keep your feet warm even when the temp goes down to -25°F.

Other features of KEEN Targhee high lace boot are the ESS shank for added stability, a metal D-ring meant as a clip point for gaiters, and the speed hooks intended for easy lace adjustment.

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Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.